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Pruning trees properly

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    Evaluate the tree. Look at the size and shape of the tree for a few minutes and imagine what it should look like when you're done.

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    Identify the main branches of the tree that make up its "skeleton". Do not remove these branches.

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    Remove damaged branches and twigs. Whether due to storm damage or other damage, broken branches should be cut so that water and nutrients can be transported to healthy branches of the tree.

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    Thin spots that are overgrown with many branches.For trees to grow healthily, the air in their crown must be able to circulate. Branches and twigs that are too close encourage the growth of fungi and attract more insects.
    • Remove inward branches that grow in the center of the tree. This creates a mess and is not healthy.
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    Cut off any distracting branches. Whether it's low-hanging branches blocking your path or taller branches threatening to touch the phone line, you can cut off any of those branches that are causing trouble.

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    Cut the branches to give the tree a shape. If you want a more rounded or cleaner shape on your tree, trim the few branches that seem to be growing at strange angles or that are sticking out. A few cuts make a world of difference.

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    Cut as little as possible.Each cut opens the tree to fungal infections and insects as you remove the protective bark. Cut only as much as is absolutely necessary and never remove more than 25 percent of a tree's branches.
    • Make sure that living branches are at least 2/3 the height of the tree. The tree cannot survive because of the trunk alone.
    • Don't cut more than once per season. Unless a storm has broken more branches, you shouldn't prune more than once as the tree will need time to recover.